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Summary

  1. Blackburn's Gestede has Villa medical
  2. West Ham v Astra (19:45), Southampton v Vitesse (20:05)
  3. GET INVOLVED #epicawaydays

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Sportsday

    That's it for Sportsday for Thursday but there is still plenty of sporting action to enjoy.

    A reminder that you can follow the last few overs of Thursday's play at Edgbaston via the BBC Sport website.

    And keep up to date with Thursday evening's Europa League third qualifying round games involving West Ham and Southampton.

    Sportsday will be back again on Friday at 08:00 BST.

  2. Coe earns key support for IAAF presidency bid

    Athletics

    Sebastian Coe

    Seb Coe has edged closer to securing the presidency of athletics's governing body, the IAAF, after winning public declarations of support of 12 European countries.

    Lord Coe is running against Sergey Bubka, the former Olympic pole vault champion from Ukraine, with the election to take place on 19 August in Beijing.

    The double Olympic 1500 metres gold medallist and former London 2012 chairman has been promised the support of Athletic Association Small States of Europe, a group of nine countries - Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino - plus Estonia, Ireland and Italy.

  3. Hibs to seal McGinn deal

    Football

    John McGinn

    Hibernian hope to complete the signing of former St Mirren midfielder John McGinn within the next 24 hours.

    The Easter Road club have agreed a development fee with their Championship rivals and opened contract discussions with the 20-year-old.

    The Scotland Under-21 international held talks with MLS side Houston Dynamo earlier this summer and has been training on his own.

  4. Injury concern for Anderson

    Cricket

    While it is looking good for England in the third Ashes Test against Australia, there has been some bad news with pace bowler James Anderson forced off the field on day two with what appears to be a side strain.

    Anderson visibly winced after two balls of his ninth over, bowled one more delivery and then left the field, with spinner Joe Root finishing his over.

    Although England are in a commanding position at Edgbaston, it could make Anderson doubtful for the next Test which begins at Trent Bridge on Thursday 6 August.

  5. WICKET

    Cricket

    And Steven Finn strikes again at Edgbaston for his fifth wicket of the third Test - Mitchell Johnson goes for 14 to leave Australia on 153-7, leading England by eight.

  6. Croatia fans 'attention seekers, not racists' - Bilic

    Football

    The pitch in Split

    According to the London Evening Standard, West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes the Croatia fans responsible for painting a swastika on the pitch in June's Euro 2016 qualifier were not racist but attention seekers.

    The incident in Split during Croatia's draw against Italy led to Uefa docking Croatia one point, fining them and ordering them to play their next two matches behind closed doors.

    But Bilic, a former manager of Croatia, said: "I do not think [they] are racist. They are doing it just for the sake of doing it.

    "Nowadays, with this media, if you do something you are on YouTube all over the world, and you find yourself a hero for that group of people."

  7. Nadal wins in Hamburg

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    Spain's Rafael Nadal eased into the Hamburg Open quarter-finals after a 6-4 7-6 (7-2) win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

    Nadal, who claimed his 23rd clay-court win of the year, will face fifth seed Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay as he bids to finish a disappointing season on a high.

  8. Spurs agree to sell Chiriches

    Football

    Tottenham Hotspur say they have reached an agreement with Napoli to sell defender Vlad Chiriches.

    The 25-year-old Romania international signed from Steaua Bucharest in August 2013.

  9. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Adam Sams: Monaco away 14/15. Tripped through a glass window in Monte Carlo, 600 euro bill and Arsenal out of the Champions League.

    Andrew F-J: Champions league final 2012. 18 hours each way in a 1980's coach that stank of vomit by the time we got to Calais...

    Daniel Docherty: Ash cloud forces thousands of us Fulham fans to travel via train to Hamburg all for a nil nil draw, return leg was much better.

    Fulham won that second leg 2-1 in 2010 to earn a place in the Europa League final

  10. Luiz hopes for Di Maria reunion

    Football

    Angel Di Maria (left) and David Luiz right

    David Luiz "hopes" Angel Di Maria will join him at Paris St-Germain, describing the Manchester United winger as "one of the best players in the world".

    Di Maria, a £59.7m signing from Real Madrid last summer, failed to join United's pre-season tour and Louis van Gaal admits he has "no idea" of the whereabouts of the Argentine.

    PSG manager Laurent Blanc has said a deal for Di Maria, 27, is close.

    Defender Luiz, 28, said: "Every single team he plays in, he makes the difference. I hope to see him. He is a great friend, a great player."

  11. Newcastle announce Mbemba signing

    Football

    Newcastle have officially announced the signing of defender Chancel Mbemba from Anderlecht.

    The 20-year-old Congo international had already agreed personal terms and was awaiting his work permit.

  12. Europa League update

    Football

    Aberdeen have lost 2-1 to Kairat Almaty in their Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie in Kazahkstan.

    Coming up later, West Ham take on Romanian outfit Astra Giurgui at 19:45 BST, while Southampton make their first appearance in this season's competition against Vitesse Arnhem (20:05)

  13. Pogba could be set for court battle

    Football

    Paul Pogba

    The Daily Mirror claims that Paul Pogba is reportedly ready to head to the courts in order to seal a transfer away from Juventus.

    The 22-year-old France international has been linked with Manchester City, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain this summer.

  14. Hockenheim announces cheaper tickets

    Formula 1

    Hockenheim

    Hockenheim is hoping to win back local Formula 1 fans by announcing cheaper tickets for the 2016 German Grand Prix.

    This year's German Grand Prix was dropped because of financial difficulties but the race is on next season's 21-round provisional calendar.

    The move follows reduced prices introduced by Silverstone for this year's British Grand Prix and which were rewarded with a crowd of 140,000 on race day.

    Hockenheim's Sunday attendance in 2014 was 55,000.

  15. Man City 'refocus' after World Cup

    Football

    Manchester City manager Nick Cushing attributes their recent good form to the Women's World Cup no longer being a distraction.

    City, who had five players involved with England, have won every game since the post-World Cup break, including Wednesday's 5-0 Continental Cup win over Durham.

    "With it (the World Cup) round the corner, they were bound to have a focus on it," Cushing told BBC Sport. "We asked for one thing and that was full focus at club level when they came back and I can't fault them."

  16. Away goal for Aberdeen

    Football

    The fightback is on for Aberdeen as Kenny McLean gets a goal back to make it Kairat Almaty 2-1 Aberdeen.

    Follow the closing stages on the BBC Sport website.

  17. Wicket

    Cricket

    Australia's challenge in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston is now looking decidedly wobbly.

    David Warner has departed for 77 to birthday boy James Anderson and are 111-6, trailing England by 34 runs.

    Keep up with the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  18. West Ham v Astra Giurgiu (19:45 BST)

    Football

    The Hammers face Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday and...

  19. Europa League latest

    Football

    They are into the last half-hour in Kazahkstan where Kairat Almaty still lead Aberdeen 2-0 in their Europa League third qualifying round match.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

  20. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Todd Wilde: My mate's car bonnet blew open on way to Plymouth v Bournemouth. Was tied down with a cut off seatbelt, just made kickoff. Won 2-1.

    Iain Hepburn: 10,000 mile round trip from Abu Dhabi in one weekend to watch Partick Thistle in Challenge Cup final at Almondvale. Does that count?

    Craig Hatton: Whilst being an exiled Boro fan in Australia, I flew home to see Boro v Chelsea in the ZDS Cup Final at Wembley in 1990.

  21. 'Everything that’s great about cycling'

    Road Cycling

    Bradley Wiggins

    Former Tour de France winner and four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Bradley Wiggins is taking part in the RideLondon-Surrey Classic on 2 August.

    Wiggins, who broke the UCI World Hour Record at the Olympic Velodrome this year, will race with his newly formed Team Wiggins on Sunday.

    He said: "For me, it's like a reminder of everything that's great about our sport. I'm looking forward to just being a part of it and to getting my fitness back up."

  22. Murphy approached over Liverpool role

    Football

    Danny Murphy

    Danny Murphy has told the Liverpool Echo that Brendan Rodgers approached him about becoming Liverpool's first-team coach following the departure of Colin Pascoe.

    "A few weeks ago I did have a chat with Brendan about the possibility of maybe working with him and the club again but it didn't quite materialise," said Murphy, a BBC pundit. "It was actually an honour to be thought of by him.

    "Being in his company for a few hours was great. He was very impressive and as we know Gary McAllister got that job, who is a friend of mine and is a very bright and experienced coach. He's a good guy and I wish him all the best and the club all the best, but it was nice to be thought of."

  23. WICKET

    Cricket

    In case you were concerned there hadn't been an Australia wicket at Edgbaston for a while, then worry no more!

    Mitchell Marsh has fallen to Steven Finn for six to leave the visitors 92-5, trailing England by 53.

    If you want to get the latest, go to the BBC Sport website.

  24. Newcastle move for Northampton teenager

    Football

    Pete Cooper

    Northamptonshire Live

    Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Northampton Town striker Ivan Toney.

    The 19-year-old, who became Northampton's youngest ever player aged 16 in 2012, is expected to be in the north east on Friday ahead of any potential transfer.

  25. Watts faces biting charge

    Rugby League

    Hull prop Liam Watts could face a heavy suspension after being charged with biting fellow front rower Adam Walker in the Hull derby a fortnight ago.

    The 25-year-old former Hull KR forward was charged by the Rugby Football League's match review panel, which normally makes its recommendations on the Monday after each game but were forced to wait for the findings of a formal investigation into the incident.

    Watts is facing a grade E offence, which carries a ban of between four and eight matches and will appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday.

  26. Blackpool fined £50,000 for pitch invasion

    Football

    Blackpool have been fined £50,000, subject to any appeal, following the pitch invasion which caused their Championship game against Huddersfield Town in May to be abandoned.

    The Football Association have also confirmed the club will be forced to play a match behind closed doors next season if there is another similar incident during the 2015-16 campaign.

  27. Real overcome Milan on penalties

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo (centre) in action against AC Milan

    Real Madrid beat AC Milan 10-9 on penalties after their pre-season friendly in Shanghai finished goalless after 90 minutes.

    As the shoot-out went to sudden death, it go to the stage where the keepers had to take penalties.

    Real stopper Kiko Casilla scored before saving the effort of AC Milan counterpart Gianluigi Donnarumma, 16, to give the Spanish side victory.

  28. England claim key wickets

    Cricket

    Play is back underway after tea at Edgbaston on day two of the third Ashes test between England and Australia and there has already been lots of drama.

    Having started the session on 75-2, captain Michael Clarke and Adam Voges fell in consecutive balls to Steven Finn and the visitors are now 76-4, trailing their opponents by 69 runs.

    There are plenty of ways to keep up with the latest action - check out the BBC Sport website.

  29. Europa League latest

    Football

    Actually, Aberdeen are now 2-0 down at Kazahkstan's Kairat Almaty in the first leg of their third qualifying round tie.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

  30. Europa League latest

    Football

    It's a busy night of Europa League action with the third qualifying round taking place.

    But already Aberdeen are up against it after making the long trip to Kazahkstan and are 1-0 down to Kairat Almaty in a game which kicked off at 15:45 BST.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

  31. Big Orange wins Goodwood Cup

    Horse racing

    Jamie Spencer on Big Orange

    The 6-1 chance Big Orange outbattled his rivals to claim a thrilling victory in the Qatar Goodwood Cup - the feature race on day three of Glorious Goodwood.

    Jamie Spencer's mount edged out the 9-2 favourite Quest For More with Trip To Paris (5-1) in third.

    Earlier, Frankie Dettori added to his Goodwood successes when the 11-8 favourite Shalaa took the Richmond Stakes while the Lillie Langtry Stakes went to Simple Verse (11-1)

  32. Livingston sign Gallagher pending jail term

    Football

    Scottish Championship club Livingston are to re-sign defender Declan Gallagher pending the result of his appeal against a three-year jail term for attacking a man with a baseball bat.

    Declan Gallagher

    The 24-year-old was found guilty in June of leaving a man with a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain after an incident in April 2013. He has, however, been training with Livingston since being released on bail until the appeal is heard.

    "We are of the view that whilst he is on bail he should be provided with the opportunity to earn a living and to support his family whilst he continues with the fight to clear his name," a club statement read.

  33. Found: one missing Argentine

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport in Chicago

    Marcos Rojo

    After Louis van Gaal stated he did not know where record signing Angel di Maria is, Manchester United have better news over their second missing Argentine.

    Defender Marcos Rojo is now back in Manchester and ready to report for pre-season training.

    Like Di Maria, Rojo was expected in San Jose on Saturday. But he too failed to make the flight after it was discovered his passport was not valid for long enough to secure the necessary documentation to gain entry into the USA.

  34. WICKET

    Cricket

    England bowler Steven Finn has picked up the prize wicket of Australia batsman Steve Smith.

    Smith mistimed an attempted pull and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler did the rest. The tourists are 62-2 and trail by 83.

    Follow the third Test live here

  35. Ranieri makes his move

    Football

    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Charles Aranguiz

    Claudio Ranieri is quite clearly chasing a central midfielder, with several interesting names being linked with Leicester City.

    Internacional's Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz is the most prominent (see 12:53 BST), with The Foxes apparently offering a more attractive salary package than the likes of Bayer Leverkusen.

    Other options mentioned are Napoli's Gokhan Inler, Alessandro Cannataro of Internazionale and Jordan Veretout, the Nantes player who is reported to be close to signing a deal with Aston Villa (see 12:25 BST).

  36. McClaren impressed with Mitrovic

    Football

    Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic

    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has warned Premier League defences that Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic will be prove to be a "bit of a devil" this season.

    According to the Newcastle Chronicle, McClaren was unconcerned after the 20-year-old missed a host of chances in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to York after just one training session with the club.

    "He has not trained for a couple of weeks and needs minutes. You could see from his movement and runs he is a good player," said the former England manager.

    "He is a good lad and he had a smile on his face. Once he crosses the white line he is a bit of devil."

  37. 'Let McClaren manage and coach'

    Football

    Alan Shearer on ex-club Newcastle United

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle manager Steve McClaren

    "Newcastle will improve, having said that it shouldn't be too difficult. Steve McClaren is a good coach and a good manager, but I hope he's allowed to manage and coach.

    "Let's be realistic, Newcastle are not going to finish in the top four. There's only two things Newcastle are going to win and that's the League Cup and the FA Cup.

    "I would dearly love to see them have a go in one of them and play their strongest team. Let's hope that changes."

  38. Manager, 11, thwarts Bolton

    Football

    Daniel Fryer and Dave Challinor

    An 11-year-old ball boy was promoted to the role of manager for a pre-season friendly.

    Daniel Fryer, from Wesham, guided AFC Fylde in the National League North to a 1-1 draw against Championship team Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night.

    A fellow Fylde supporter won the one-off opportunity during the club's end of season awards, but gave Daniel the role when he found he could not attend.

    Daniel gave a team talk, held a press conference and made substitutions. He was also given an initialled jacket with 'Boss' on the reverse.

  39. Feeling the heat

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont is in Almaty and will be feeding in to BBC Sport's live text commentary on the Europa League third qualifying round first leg game, which you can follow here.

  40. 'Proud' Fonte ready for test

    Southampton v Vitesse (20:05 BST)

    Jose Fonte

    Southampton captain Jose Fonte says leading the team in Europe can be classed as one of the "proudest moments" in his career.

    Fonte, 31, was playing for the Saints in League One four years ago and now faces Vitesse in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.

    "We have been together for a long time and through all the dark, tough years," the Portugal centre-back said.

    You can follow live text commentary of the match on the BBC Sport website

  41. WICKET

    Cricket

    Batsman Chris Rogers has been in fine form this summer but he is the first wicket of Australia's innings to go as he is caught LBW by Stuart Broad.

    The tourists are 17-1 and still 128 behind.

    Follow the third Test live here

  42. 'No excuses' for West Ham

    West Ham v Astra Giurgiu (19:45 BST)

    Slaven Bilic

    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says his side can have "no excuses" despite the early start to their season.

    The Hammers face Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in the Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday, in a campaign which began on 2 July.

    "We just have to cope with the situation and that's it - no excuses," said Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce as boss in the summer.

    You can follow the match on the BBC Sport website, with live commentary on BBC London 94.9.

  43. Llorente agent in Arsenal talks

    Football gossip

    Fernando Llorente

    Corriere dello Sport are reporting that the agent of Juventus' Spanish striker Fernando Llorente is in London for talks with Arsenal over a £12m move.

  44. England all out

    Cricket

    Right, that's it for England's batting effort as they are bowled out for 281 against Australia.

    England will take a lead of 145 into the second innings.

    Follow the third Test live here

  45. UKA on Farah

    Athletics

    BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan tweets...

    The investigation into the Oregon Project was set up after allegations of doping against Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar. Farah and Salazar have has denied any wrongdoing.  

  46. WICKET

    The Ashes 2015

    That's another one gone at Edgbaston...

    Australia's Josh Hazlewood removes Stuart Broad for 31, meaning England are 141 ahead on 277-8.

    Follow the third Test live here

  47. Setting the scene

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    The Daily Record's Michael Gannon is in Almaty for the Europa League third qualifying round first leg tie...

  48. Gibeon takes Goodwood opener

    Horse racing

    The weather looks fair in Sussex for the third day of the Glorious Goodwood meeting.

    Jockeys are wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan, who died on Wednesday.

    The day's opening race, the Land Rover Stakes, has gone to the 11-1 chance Gibeon, ridden by Richard Hughes who retires on Saturday to take up a career in training.

  49. Campbell has no regrets over Arsenal move

    Football

    Unhappy Spurs fans

    Former England international Sol Campbell has told ESPN that he has no regrets about his controversial move across North London in 2001 from Spurs to Arsenal.

    "It was a move that I needed to make. Going to Arsenal was a big progression for me," he said. "Everything about Arsenal was better than Spurs at the time from the players, management to the mentality of the club and the facilities.

    "I wanted to improve myself as both a person and a footballer. It was a highly controversial move and Spurs fans have not forgotten it, but it was the best thing that I could have done for myself."

  50. The best Women's FA Cup goals

    Football

    Jayne Ludlow celebrates

    Ahead of Saturday's Women's FA Cup final between Chelsea and Notts County, BBC Sport looks at some of the great goals from past finals.

    Jayne Ludlow's stunning strike for Arsenal in 2007 features, as does Rachel Yankey's curling free-kick for Fulham in 2002.

    The Women's FA Cup final will be available to watch live on BBC One (not available in Scotland) from 14:45 BST on Saturday and on the BBC Sport website, with live commentary from 15:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live.

  51. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Denis Fitton: Man United once played Olympiakos and Maccabi Haifa (game took place in Cyprus) away in the space of six days and so a perfect plan would have been to have 10 or so days out in the Med and take in both games.

    Man Utd

    There was, however, a home game against Villa on the weekend in between so I flew to Athens for three days, back to Manchester for the weekend and then out to Cyprus on the Monday. And Fergie playing the reserves in the third game obviously made it all worthwhile...

  52. Wilkinson given short-term deal at Stoke

    Football

    Andy Wilkinson

    Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has signed a short-term deal with the club until the end of the year to enable him to recover from a serious head injury.

    Wilkinson has not featured for the Potters since sustaining a bang on the head in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn in February and was out of contract at the end of last season.

  53. Flamini grateful for Cech signing

    Football

    Petr Cech

    Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has done Arsenal a "good favour" in selling goalkeeper Petr Cech to the Gunners.

    "I was surprised by Mourinho because he really doesn't do that," Flamini told the Daily Telegraph.

    "He [Mourinho] is a competitor and usually doesn't like to sell any players to his rivals, but it's a good favour for us and now we have to take advantage.

    "It's a top signing. That's why we have been lucky on this one."

  54. Test of knowledge

    Tennis

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    BBC

    You may recall we asked you to name the seven non-European tennis players to have won a men's singles Grand Slam title since 2000.

    The answers? Andre Agassi, Juan Martin del Potro, Gaston Gaudio, Lleyton Hewitt, Gustavo Kuerten, Andy Roddick and Pete Sampras.

  55. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Timo Järvenpää: FC Jazz-PSG 2001. Because of an accident at the motorway in France it took us 26 hours to travel to Toulouse.

    Peadar Farrelly: Drove 50 miles, stopping every 3-4 mins to rub wax soap into a crack on the car sump to stop the oil getting out.

    Mark Frost: Poland v England 99. Hire car limited mileage & drove, via Hamburg, Poznan, Warsaw, Berlin, Amsterdam. 2700 miles in seven days.

  56. Kim takes lead at Turnberry

    Golf

    Kim Hyo-Joo

    South Korea's Kim Hyo-Joo holds the clubhouse lead on the opening day of the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

    The world number four is on seven under - one clear of New Zealand's Lydia Ko.

    You can follow all of the action live via the BBC Sport website.

  57. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Chris Morris: Travelling to Berlin in a mini bus limited to 68mph. 24hrs to do 902 miles to find out we were watching, not playing.

    EireannachPlaisteach: 42 Fulham fans went to the away leg at Amkar Perm in 09/10 (2717 miles). Lost 1-0, obviously.

    Seba John Finn Daly: 14-hour drive from Kent to Augsburg for Palace pre-season. Arrived 30mins after KO. Ended 0-0. Stayed over. Drove home.

  58. Ashes update

    Cricket

    It's lunch at Edgbaston and England have gone from 133-3 to and 221-7, which is a lead of 85 over Australia.

    You can follow the action with BBC Sport's live text commentary or on TMS.

  59. Tall order

    Winter Olympics

    BBC sports news reporter Alex Capstick is in Kuala Lumpur for the vote to decide which city hosts the 2022 Winter Olympics. He's been talking to former Houston Rockets basketball player Yao Ming, an ambassador for Beijing's bid...

  60. Almaty prepares for busy 24 hours

    Olympic Games

    Members of the Almaty 2022 delegation

    As well as being the venue for Aberdeen's Europa League tie on Thursday evening, Almaty has an exciting 24 hours ahead as it prepares to find out whether it will be the host for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

    The Kazakhstan city, which has a population of 1.6m, is up against Beijing, which hosted the 2008 Summer Games, for the right to stage the event.

    Voting gets underway in Kuala Lumpur at 0915 BST on Friday.

  61. Leicester linked with Chilean

    Football gossip

    Charles Aranguiz

    Reports in Germany are linking Internacional's Chilean midfielder Charles Aranguiz with a 15m euro (£10.5m) move to Leicester City.

  62. Oldham bring in midfielder Dunn

    Football

    Oldham Athletic have signed midfielder David Dunn on a one-year deal following his release by Blackburn Rovers.

    The 35-year-old, who earned his one and only England cap in 2002, joined Rovers as at the age of eight and progressed through their youth system.

    He joined Birmingham in 2003 for £5.5m but injuries limited him to just 69 outings, and he returned to Ewood Park in 2007.

  63. Storey adds another world crown

    Track cycling

    Dame Sarah Storey

    Dame Sarah Storey has marked the opening day of the UCI Para-cycling road world championships by winning the 21st world title of her career in the time-trial.

    The 11-time Paralympic gold medallist delivered a dominant performance, finishing more than two minutes ahead Poland's Anna Harkowska.

    The 37-year-old will also compete in the road race on Saturday.

    Of the other GB cyclists in action on Thursday morning, there were fourth places for both Megan Giglia in the C3 category and trike rider Hannah Dines.

  64. £44m fee for Di Maria?

    Football gossip

    Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague says a deal between Manchester United and Paris St-Germain for midfielder Angel Di Maria is complete...

  65. On this day

    Football

    In 1996, Alan Shearer signed for Newcastle from Blackburn in a £15m deal.

  66. Sherwood shopping paying off?

    Football

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Aston Villa are fast becoming the busiest shoppers in the Premier League, with Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede the latest item in their trolley.

    Rudy Gestede

    Villa are also expected to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a season-long loan before the end of Thursday, and they are still being linked heavily with Nantes midfielder Jordan Veretout.

    If Tim Sherwood ties up those three deals, that will take the total number of new faces at Villa Park to nine (if you include Scott Sinclair, who was on loan last term) meaning the team will have a totally new look about them this season.

  67. Young on the way out?

    Football

    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manchester United could let Ashley Young leave the club this summer if they receive a suitable offer.

    Ashley Young

    The 30-year-old was one of the Reds best players last season and put in a series of impressive performances as they booked a return to the Champions' League, but is entering the final year of his current contract at Old Trafford.

    It is thought the England international would be willing to take a pay cut to his current £120,000-a-week salary to sign a new long-term deal with the Reds, with Tottenham and Aston Villa among the clubs interested in the winger.

  68. Mutu on passage to India

    Football

    Indian Super League side FC Pune have announced the signing of former Chelsea forward Adrian Mutu and ex-Tottenham midfielder Didier Zokora.

    That heralded duo will complement a squad managed by former England international David Platt and including former Everton goalkeeper Steve Simonsen and Reading full-back Nicky Shorey.

    Former Romania international Mutu becomes the club's marquee player, joining the likes of former Brazilian internationals Elano, Roberto Carlos and Lucio at Chennaiyin, Delhi Dynamos and Goa respectively, Nicolas Anelka at Mumbai City and Helder Postiga at Atletico de Kolkata.

  69. Lambert like 'brand new car'

    Football

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis has confirmed he is keen to add Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert to his ranks.

    The Express & Star are reporting that the Baggies have "held talks with the 33-year-old's agent but face competition from Leicester and Norwich for the £3m-valued striker".

    Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert

    "We would be interested," said Pulis. "From what I can gather from people at Liverpool, his fitness levels are very, very good and he is desperate to play football.

    "He didn't play last year so it would be like bringing a brand new car out of the garage if you did sign him, just putting a bit of petrol in him and letting him run."

  70. Committed...

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    While a section of the 65 Aberdeen fans in Almaty will be ex-pats working in the oil industry, some intrepid supporters will have made the journey from the north east of Scotland fuelled by lager and a sense of adventure.

    Kairat Almaty

    The round trip is 6830 miles, which to give you some context is the equivalent of travelling from Glasgow to London almost 20 times.

    That being so, you'd forgive them for maybe missing Sunday's 65-mile jaunt down the A90 for Aberdeen's opening Scottish Premiership fixture of the season against Dundee United.

  71. Get Involved

    #epicawaysdays

  72. Ashes update

    Cricket

    The Australian fight back is continuing at Edgbaston as England batsman Joe Root is the third wicket of the morning to fall to leave the hosts on 182-6.

    You can follow the action with BBC Sport's live text commentary or on TMS.

  73. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Les Hutchinson: Marseille away to watch Newcastle in the Uefa Cup semi-final. Thought Milan would beat them in the quarter-final so we booked flights to Milan for cheap. Kept the flights to Milan rented a car and drove to Marseille.

    Didier Drogba

    Body on the side of the road being taken away in body bag, pull in the car park full of Marseille fans, herded into the ground like animals, fire in the ground behind the goal, treated like animals on the way out, police being rough handed.

    Straight back in the car to drive to Milan for an 11am flight back to Glasgow, very little sleep, got beat 2-0 (Didier Drogba) knackered but would I do it again? Too right I would given the opportunity.

  74. Steyn reaches bowling landmark

    Cricket

    Dale Steyn

    Dale Steyn has become the second South African bowler to take 400 Test wickets after he dismissed Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on the opening day of the second Test in Dhaka on Thursday.

    The 32-year-old fast bowler reached his landmark when South African skipper Hashim Amla took a catch at first slip in Steyn's third over of the match.

    Shaun Pollock is the only other South African to pass the 400-mark, taking 421 wickets before retiring in 2008.

    He becomes the 13th cricketer to take 400 or more wickets in Test matches and is one of only three currently active cricketers to achieve the feat along with India's Harbhajan Singh and England's James Anderson.

  75. Ko set for clubhouse lead at Turnberry

    Golf

    Lydia Ko

    New Zealand's Lydia Ko is set to take the clubhouse lead on the first day of the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

    The world number two is on six under with one hole left of her opening round.

    Japanese duo Shiho Oyama and Mika Miyazato are two shots back along with South Korea's Hyo Joo Kim.

  76. Wilson signs new deal at Bournemouth

    Football

    Callum Wilson

    Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has agreed a new four-year contract at the club.

    The 23-year-old, who signed from Coventry City last summer for £3m, scored 20 goals as the south coast club reached the Premier League.

  77. Villa close in on Gestede

    Football

    Following the earlier news that Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede is in talks about a move to Aston Villa, the Benin international is now expected to undergo a medical on Friday.

    The 26-year-old scored 22 goals for Rovers last season and moved to Ewood Park for £200,000 from Cardiff in January 2014.

  78. Happy birthday

    Jimmy Anderson

    Were Sportsday to hold a birthday party for those sporting luminaries celebrating on Thursday, it would boast quite the top table.

    Among those blowing out the candles are England and Lancashire pace bowler Jimmy Anderson (33), Britain's 1980 and 1984 Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson (57), former Germany striker and current United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann (51), former England and Lions winger Jason Robinson (41) and major-winning golfers Graeme McDowell (36) and Justin Rose (35).

    Anderson will celebrate by taking part in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston. You can follow the action here.

  79. Test of knowledge

    Tennis

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    BBC

    Name the seven non-European tennis players to have won a men's singles Grand Slam title since 2000.

  80. 'Tickets, please'

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    BBC Scotland's Al Lamont is in Almaty and tells us 65 Aberdeen fans will be at the game on Thursday, each of whom will collect their tickets from this booth...

  81. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    Jonathan Allen: Roma v Boro. Kept in the ground for 3 hours after FT, flight delayed for 3 hours. College for 9am next day.

    Graeme McVey: Coach trip from Livingston to Liechtenstein to see @LiviFCOfficial take on @VaduzFC in the UEFA Cup in 2002.

    Chris Duff: A Ukrainian traffic jam caused us to miss our fight back from Kiev after a Europa match following the Mighty Potters in 2011.

  82. Johnson at the double

    Cricket

    Actually make that 142-5 as England all-rounder Ben Stokes lasts just two balls as he is dismissed by Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson. What a start for the tourists.

  83. Ashes update

    Cricket

    Play is under way at Edgbaston on the second day of the third Ashes Test and England have passed Australia's first innings 136.

    However, the hosts have also just lost the wicket of Jonny Bairstow and are currently 142-4.

    You can follow the action with BBC Sport's live text commentary or on TMS.

    The Ashes on 5 live sports extra
  84. Aston Villa close in on Gestede

    Football

    Rudy Gestede

    The Lancashire Telegraph are reporting that Blackburn Rovers striker Rudy Gestede is in talks with Premier League side Aston Villa after a fee was agreed between the two clubs.

  85. Trumped

    Women's British Open

    BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter is at Turnberry for the Women's British Open, and has just been joined by the owner of the course, Donald Trump...

    The presidential hopeful - Trump that is, not Carter - is expected to face the media at 13:30 BST and reporters have been told questions are will be limited to golf. I'm sure they'll not listen to that order, though...

  86. On this day

    Football

    In1966,England beat Germany in the World Cup final. It's been mentioned it once or twice since...

  87. 'Chelsea the team to beat'

    Football

    Chelsea

    Former England captain and BBC Sport pundit Alan Shearer has been talking about the Premier League campaign.

    He says champions Chelsea "will still be the team to beat".

    "Chelsea won at a canter last season, certainly from February on, but it will be tighter," Shearer told BBC Sport.

    The former Newcastle striker also said Manchester United have "work to do", while Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is under "huge pressure".

  88. Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

    Horse racing

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh recounts this lovely story...

  89. O'Sullevan memories

    Horse racing

    Pat Taaffe on Arkle

    Tributes are still continuing to come in following the death of former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan who died on Wednesday aged 97.

    Dubbed the 'Voice of Racing', O'Sullevan commentated on 50 Grand Nationals and around 14,000 races before retiring in 1997.

    Speaking to the BBC in 2008, he was asked what was the best horse he ever saw.

    He said: "On the flat I would say Ribot, who won Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe twice and the King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes in the 1950's and also the 1965 Derby winner Sea Bird II, who was an outstanding horse. As for jumping, I would never consider putting a name ahead of the legendary Arkle."

  90. Summer holidays?

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    Alasdair Lamont

    BBC Scotland in Almaty

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen

    The Aberdeen squad travelled overnight on Tuesday to help adjust to the five-hour time difference. That eight-hour flight to Almaty took them close to the border with China, incredibly.

    Another factor they're having to get used to is the 35 degree heat, albeit it's forecast to be around 23 degrees at kick-off time.

  91. Stubbs extends Hibs deal

    Football

    Hibernian head coach Alan Stubbs has extended his contract at Easter Road until the end of the 2016/17 campaign.

    Alan Stubbs

    Fellow coaches John Doolan and Andy Holden have also signed new deals.

    "I am very happy to continue with the work in progress," said Stubbs, who guided the Edinburgh club to the Championship play-offs last term. "I think supporters would agree that they have seen a lot of positive changes over the past year, and I know there is a lot more to come."

  92. England hope to maintain dominance

    Cricket

    England have the upper hand after day one at Edgbaston

    Excitement is brewing at Edgbaston for the second day of the third Test between England and Australia.

    The home side bowled the visitors out for 136 and will resume on 133-3 at 11:00 BST, hoping to build a healthy lead.

    The live text commentary is already underway on the BBC Sport website with TMS on air at 10:25.

  93. China calling...

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    The Daily Record's Michael Gannon is with Aberdeen in Almaty...

  94. Messi back at Barca

    Football

    A certain Lionel Messi has returned from his summer break...

  95. Tigres held by River Plate

    Football

    Damian Alvarez of Mexico"s Tigres reacts to missing a chance

    Mexican side Tigres failed to make home advantage count as they were held to a goalless draw by Argentine side River Plate in the first leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

    Tigres pushed forward for most of the game but failed to score at home for the first time in this year's competition.

    Tigres are trying to become the first Mexican side to win South American club football's most prestigious tournament, while River Plate are aiming for a third success in the competition.

  96. Get Involved

    #epicawaydays or Match of the Day Facebook page

    So Aberdeen are effectively in Asia on Europa League duty on Thursday and that got us thinking...

    What has been your epic away day?

    It might be because of the distance, the lengths you have gone to or the difficulties encountered.

    Let us know via #epicawaydays, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on Match of the Day Facebook.

  97. From Aberdeen to Almaty

    Kairat Almaty v Aberdeen (15:45 BST)

    Map

    Aberdeen continue their Europa League campaign on Thursday against Kairat Almaty of Kazakhstan.

    Derek McInnes' side have taken a nine-hour flight to a city just 200 miles from the Chinese border for the third qualifying round first-leg encounter, which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "a difficult place to go".

    Are you an Aberdeen fan in Almaty? Tell us about your trip at #bbcsportsday

  98. WBA order Crolla v Perez rematch

    Boxing

    It looks like Britain's Anthony Crolla will get the chance to fight for the WBA lightweight crown again after Colombia's Darleys Perez retained his title with a controversial draw earlier this month.  

  99. Where is Di Maria?

    Football

    PSG boss Laurent Blanc

    One man who may know the whereabouts of Manchester United's missing winger is Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc.

    United boss Louis Van Gaal says he doesn't know where the Argentine is but Blanc believes the 27-year-old could be on his way to join the French club.

    "Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult but we are close to the end," said Blanc on the transfer saga involving Di Maria.

  100. Looking for an Angel?

    Football

  101. Where is Di Maria?

    Football

    Angel Di Maria

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he has "no idea" of the whereabouts of club-record signing Angel Di Maria.

    Argentina midfielder Di Maria, a £59.7m buy from Real Madrid last summer, failed to return for pre-season training on Saturday as scheduled and it is understood talks are ongoing with PSG about a move to the French champions.

    Asked if he knew where the 27-year-old was, Van Gaal said: "Maybe you know."

    When the journalist said he did not, Van Gaal said: "I don't know either."

  102. Notts sign leg-spinner Tahir

    Cricket

    Nottinghamshire have signed South Africa international leg-spinner Imran Tahir until the end of the season.

    The 36-year-old, who has played 16 Tests, 41 one-day internationals and 16 Twenty20 international, replaces Ben Hilfenhaus as the club's overseas player.

  103. 'Not favourable situation'

    Football

    David De Gea

    One of the talking points following Manchester United's defeat by Paris St-Germain is the on-going speculation about the Old Trafford's club's keeper David De Gea.

    The 24-year-old goalkeeper wants to join Real Madrid but United have said they will not discuss a deal unless the Spanish club's defender Sergio Ramos is included. Real boss Rafael Benitez has said Ramos, 29, is staying at the Bernabeu.

    "We have a situation that is not favourable for David De Gea, neither for us and neither for the club that, maybe, he wants to go," said United boss Louis Van Gaal.

  104. Celtic take slender lead

    Football

    Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata

    Celtic's season has already started in earnest as they try to qualify for the Champions League group stages.

    They were in third qualifying round, first-leg action on Wednesday, with Dedryck Boyata heading a late winner against Azerbaijani champions Qarabag after a frustrating night for the Scottish champions at Parkhead.

  105. Gossip hit

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    There's plenty of football gossip doing the rounds and here are a few stories but you can find more here.

    Manchester United have abandoned plans to re-sign 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. United had hoped an offer of £60m would be acceptable, but Real value the Portugal international at £85m. (Sun - subscription required)

    Manchester City are ready to join the chase for 21-year-old John Stones, with Chelsea preparing a third bid for the Everton defender. (Daily Mirror)

    Everton rejected a second Chelsea bid of £26m for England international Stones on Tuesday.(ESPN FC)

  106. Spurs undone by Kaka and Villa

    Football

    Kaka

    Tottenham did not fare much better than Manchester United on their pre-season adventures in the United States as they lost 2-1 to the MLS All Stars.

    Kaka scored a penalty and set up David Villa for goal to give MLS All Stars the win, with Harry Kane scoring for Spurs.

    "Everybody is happy, because in the soccer world everybody will talk about the MLS All Star team beating a very good European team," said Kaka.

    Kane said: "As a team we could have done better. Our first tough game of the pre-season, but we created some good chances in the first half."

  107. PSG exploit Man Utd lapses

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport in Chicago

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Manchester United's pre-season campaign came to a disappointing end as they lost 2-0 to Paris St-Germain in Chicago.

    Two first-half goals in seven minutes from Blaise Matuidi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic were enough for the French side to lift the International Champions Cup.

    Both were the result of defensive lapses in a week when it was suggested Louis van Gaal would be willing to go into the season with the defence he has if Sergio Ramos does not join from Real Madrid.

  108. Platini rival for Fifa presidency emerges

    Football

    South Korea's Chung Mong-joon

    In some breaking news, South Korea's Chung Mong-joon says he wants to replace Sepp Blatter as Fifa's next president.

    Chung is a former vice-president of world football's governing body and the major shareholder of the industrial giant Hyundai.

    He told the BBC's World Football programme rival Michel Platini was not the right man for Fifa.

    "If I get elected, my job is not to enjoy the luxury of the office. My job is to change it," he added.

  109. Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

    Horse racing

    BBC Radio 4

    As with many people who have impacted on life in Britain, Sir Peter O'Sullevan appeared on BBC Radio Four's Desert Island Discs.

    In the 1997 broadcast, he calculated that he has commentated on some 14,000 races.

    You can listen to the programme here

  110. Unflappable, unmistakeable, unrivalled

    Horse Racing

    Sir Peter O'Sullevan

    The back pages also focus on the passing of former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan - dubbed the 'Voice of Racing' at the age of 97.

    An icon in the sport, he commentated on 50 Grand Nationals and around 14,000 races before retiring in 1997.

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght says: "They say to never meet your heroes because they are sure to disappoint. But Sir Peter O'Sullevan was a hero to so many of us who completely disproved the theory."

    Read more from Cornelius here.

  111. 'Oh Jimmy, Jimmy...'

    Cricket

    James Anderson celebrates a wicket

    The league football season may be nearing its big kick-off but, as you can see from the back pages, the third Ashes Test is dominating most of the headlines.

    It's looking good for England so far after they bowled Australia out for a meagre 136 and reached 133-3 in reply after day one at Edgbaston.

    England bowler James Anderson took his best Ashes figures of 6-47 and play on day two is scheduled to get under way at 11:00 BST.

  112. Thursday's papers

    Daily Mirror

    Daily Mirror
  113. Thursday's papers

    Daily Star

    Daily Star
  114. Thursday's papers

    Guardian

    Guardian
  115. Thursday's papers

    The Sun

    The Sun
  116. Thursday's papers

    Daily Express

    Daily Express
  117. Welcome

    Can you feel it? The buzz, excitement and anticipation is growing as 'it' approaches.

    'It' is of course the football juggernaut that is looming large on the horizon as teams finish their pre-season preparation to start the serious action of starting their league campaigns.

    Manchester united and Tottenham were both in action overnight but things didn't go according to plan for the Premier League duo as they lost to Paris St-Germain and MLS All-Stars respectively.

    We'll go into those games and more into a lot more detail but, firstly, a massive Thursday welcome and, secondly, here are the back pages...